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Man Charged After Leading Police On Dangerous Chase That Ended In Edgewater

A man is being charged with with five counts of aggravated battery of a police officer, driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound, driving on a suspended license and multiple traffic violations after leading police on a dangerous car chase that ended in an Edgewater neighborhood with a violent crash.

The series of events began when 27-year-old Gabriel Diaz-Soto struck a man on a bicycle with his 2006 Mazda SUV near North Ave. and Clark St. around 12:45 p.m. on August 7. After fleeing the scene, police attempted to pull him over while he was driving northbound on Lakeshore Drive.

According to police, after Diaz-Soto stopped on LSD near Fullerton, he flipped it into reverse intentionally hitting the police cruiser behind him. He then continued back northbound on Lakeshore Drive hitting a second police car near Addison.

The 10-mile chase finally came to an end in the Edgewater neighborhood at Clark and Rosemont after Diaz-Soto violently rammed a third police cruiser.

When all was done, 5 officers were taken to area hospitals after sustaining injuries in the crashes.  The bicyclist was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with minor injuries and Diaz-Soto was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston and later released.

Diaz-Soto is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail and faces multiple felonies.

Hat tip: cwbchicago.com


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